73rd "Joló" Regiment Jipijapa Straw Hat - Philippines 1898

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An enlisted Spanish soldier's straw hat of local Filipino manufacture.  It is made of coarse woven straw with a high conical crown and a brim bound in white linen, now age toned to an oatmeal color.   Of special interest is the rare oilcloth hat band with the unit designation "REGto. 73" painted in yellow.  The painted letters are worn but clearly visible.  A separate and unworn hat band shows what it would have looked like when new.  These two items are from the collection of the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley and are just a few of many souvenirs brought home by Pvt. William G. Compton, Co. C, 13th. Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.



Artifacts courtesy Minnesota Military Museum

*Coming Soon*

Photos of a second straw hat captured and worn by Pvt. Compton.


 

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